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Best things to do in Little Traverse Bay

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Art Gallery
“Founded in 1971, Crooked Tree Arts Center - Petoskey features four galleries, a theater, dance studio, classrooms, a culinary arts kitchen, and much more. They are located in downtown Petoskey, and the galleries are free and open to the public Monday - Saturday.”
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Spa
“At Boyne Highlands, winter visitors have access to 55 beautifully groomed and maintained downhill runs, and a wide variety of terrain parks suited to riders and skiers of every ability, all served by a network of lifts designed to make the most of each and every day. With tubing, snowshoeing and a host of other activities available, you'll find more than enough fun to chase away the winter blues.”
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Cafe
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“Great atmosphere. An iconic local hangout. GReat coffee, homemade soups and sandwiches. Seating inside and out back on deck overlooking the bay”
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Wine Bar
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“IGA is a great store for the basics. If you need to do more substantial shopping visit D&W or Meijer in Petoskey.”
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American Restaurant
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“Casual Dining--One of the area’s favorite après ski spots! Pierson’s has a casual, family friendly vibe with a vintage ski lodge feel. Their menu features a variety of gourmet pub fare and homestyle comfort foods with an impressive drink selection. Between the full bar, arcade games, shuffleboard and extensive menu there is something for the whole family to enjoy. ”
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Bar
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“Fine Dining--The New York Restaurant in downtown Harbor Springs offers an eclectic cuisine in a comfortable setting, overlooking Little Traverse Bay's waterfront. They feature fine gourmet dining, a professional and attentive wait staff and talented bartenders. The New York restaurant opens daily at 5:00 PM and features nightly appetizer and dinner specials. They offer an Early Bird, buy one-get one, discount on regular menu entrees from 5-5:30 each day. Please come as you are, we do not enforce a dress code.”
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Movie Theatre
“The 25 Cent Family Favorites Movies are nearly free--see their website for the schedule. The Met Live (HD) are streaming events on select dates. The Lyric Theatre is a non-profit organization offering first run, foreign, classic & family favorites movies on Main Street in Harbor Springs, MI. Our three unique theaters each have their own theme & state of the art equipment.”
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Restaurant
“Dudley's Deck: waterside dining behind The Pier, serving lunch and early dinner. Fun place”
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Brewery
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“Beards has a great location with beautiful views of the bay and games out on the patio. The food is more diverse than you might expect from a brewery!”
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Bar
“A favorite of Locals. Cool atmosphere with jukebox, peanuts and popcorn. Good food!”
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American Restaurant
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“Warm and lively atmosphere in an historic building (complete with ghost stories)”
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Scenic Lookout
“Try and get to Sunset Park to watch at least one gorgeous sunset over Lake Michigan.”
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Liquor Store
“We all love our local Coop, which offers a large variety of organic and sustainable food and drink, as well as a deli, tables/seating (with great view of Little Traverse Bay), and bathrooms.”
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Bar
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“Great food. Reasonable lunch prices . Pricey for dinner. A favorite with the locals. Indoor and outdoor seating”
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Liquor Store
“This place, which appears to just be a liquor store, is most famous for their sandwiches. It's a cash-only deli with some of the best sandwiches ever. Their Trainwreck sandwich is what I get every time.”
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Restaurant
“Small, slightly up-scale sit-down restaurant in downtown Harbor Springs. Great food. Try the Lobster Mac and Cheese.”
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